CocoChock Strawberry Dessert
Vandana, my better half, was about to come back home after 6 months official trip. To celebrate this moment, I wanted to make something special for her. Something fun, something different. I remembered reading somewhere how to make a tasty dessert - consisting primarily of yummy ripe strawberries dipped in chocolate. Something told me that with these ingredients, whatever ends up, should be tasty. It looked to be an easy recipe too - or so I thought.
- Fresh strawberries
- Bars of dark milk chocolate(bitter as per taste)
- A double boiler(or a similar setup)
- Thermocoal sheet or something to prick in the toothpicks
- Strong will not to "taste" the ingredients before the dish is completed
- Begin by washing the strawberries well and leaving them to dry. Remember that any water on them will result in the chocolate not sticking well
- Use this time to grate the coconut. This is what you would drape the chocolate coated strawberries in.
- Prick each strawberry with a toothpick. This is to give a grip to the strawberries and to easily dip them in chocolate and to easily dry them with minimum mess.
- Peel open the bar of chocolates. Almost any type of chocolate bar should do. Choose a taste to your liking and as bitter as you fancy would go well with the taste of strawberry.
- If you do not have a double boiler, then prepare a setup like mine to melt the chocolates. The trick is to fill the bottom utensil with water, enough not to make it touch the glass container. We need only the steam to heat the glass container. This will ensure the chocolate does not burn.
- Once the strawberries are dry, proceed to next step
- Turn no the heat and place your boiler on it. Make sure its absolutely dry. Chocolate does not like water!
- Break the chocolate into small pieces and put in the boiler. Remember that we need to put it on low flame. Chocolate is quite delicate and I discovered that it can easily become unusable if its heated too high or for too long. The photograph will show you that I placed whole bars to be melted, but that went wrong. The bars became unusable and I had to run to the market to buy more chocolates to melt again in smaller pieces.
- Chocolate may retain its shape even after melting. So you may need to use a spatula to check if it has melted
- At this point, simply roll in your strawberry in the chocolate to give it an even coat of chocolate.
- Bonus step: If you have the patience, use a separate boiler to melt some white chocolate which can be used to dip the tips or create some designs on the strawberries in contrast to brown chocolate.
- Immediately roll this strawberry on the coconut powder.
- Stand the strawberry on the thermocoal sheet or some box to let it dry.
- Repeat steps 10-13 for all remaining strawberries
- Let it dry and put it in refrigerator
- Serve cool